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By Martin Ayres , VeloNews correspondent
Nancy Contreras gave Mexico its first ever world championship victory when she won the women’s 500-meter time trial at Antwerp, Belgium on Saturday afternoon. Contreras, 23, was fastest over the first 250 metres, clocking 19.539 and finished strongly in 34.996.
A student of languages based at Metepec, some 70 kilometers from Mexico City, Contreras’ previous international performances include a silver medal in the Pan American Games. Her husband and coach, Guillermo Guteirrez, was in tears as Contreras received the rainbow jersey.
Canada’s Lori-Ann Muenther followed her sprint bronze by taking the 500 meters silver in 35.151. Katrin Meinke of Germany placed third with 35.356.
Natalia Markovnichenka of Belarus defended the title she won at Manchester last year despite suffering with a shoulder injury that forced her out of the sprint event. She recorded the fourth fastest of the day, 35.371.
8. Tammy Thomas (USA) 36.25913. Tanya Lindenmuth (USA) 36.847
Women 500-meter time trial final;
1. Nancy Reyes Contreras (Mex) 34.996 seconds; 2. Lori-Ann Muenzer (Can) 35.151; 3. Katrin Meinke (G) 35.356; 4. Natalia Markovnichenko (Blr) 35.371; 5. Kerrie Meares (Aus) 35.793; 6. Magali Faure (F) 35.951; 7. Oksana Grichina (Rus) 36.048; 8. Tammy Thomas (USA) 36.259; 9. Szilvia Szabolsci (Hun) 36.353; 10. Daniela Claussnitzer (G) 36.360; 11. Lyudmyla Vypyraylo (Ukr) 36.434; 12. Ingeborg Marx (Nl) 36.773; 13. Tanya Lindenmuth (USA) 36.847; 14. Svetlana Grankovskaia (Rus) 36.865; 15. Yvonne Hijgenaar (Nl) 36.926; 16. Elizabeth Williams (NZ) 37.408.